We also wonder how this project works with whatever is coming down the road in terms of changes in the educational landscape. Is it possible that the district will find itself paying off 15 year bonds long after aspects of the project are useful to the district. It would seem to us that there are a lot of questions to be answered before district residents vote on Dec. 11.
And the third issue of our fun filled day was an e-mail discussion we had with the mayor regarding a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request we made back in the middle of August. We made what we thought were two relatively simple requests, one for a copy of the concert contract and the other for an accounting of the village’s revenue and expenses related to the concert. And while we finally received a copy of the contract, we still do not seem to have a complete listings of the concert’s finances.
When we sent the mayor what we put together based on what we have learned about the finances, his response was: “That’s what I know of expenses based on what was given out in the monthly reports on overtime sheets that the board gets (July and August). There may be more. In my experience with the concerts, the village has looked at costs incremental to the concerts as the costs of having a concert - OT, comp time, garbage, etc. I know the office is putting together a bigger set of information though. On the revenue side, that’s what I know from the contract side. The trolleys also ran but I’m not sure what their revenue (ticket sales) was.”
We can but conclude that waiting for a complete answer to our FOIL request continues. We only hope when we finally get an answer, it will not be on the same day we have both headline issues and capital project questions. But having done so, we feel are more than able to identify with the thinking, which we came across recently, that said “We’ve reached an age where our train of thought often leaves the station without us.”
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